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Friendship Families

In Canada we celebrate a number of different cultural holidays. These holidays are often celebrated with food and cultural festivities. 

Canadian families are opening their home so you can join them for a traditional holiday meal!

Next Friendship Families:
Thanksgiving Friday, October 11th - Monday, October 14, 2024

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How Friendship Families Works

Festive Dinner Table

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Sign Up for Friendship Families

Provide us with as much information as you feel comfortable with to provide the best match experience!

Things we like to know:

- Dietary Preferences

- School Attending

- Area of Study

The more dates you are available the better the match!

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Get Matched with a Host Family

Your Canadian Host family is excited to welcome YOU into their home!

Please make sure you confirm your attendance!

Things for you to note:

- Hosts have been vetted by H.I.S.

- Their will be a min. of 2 students at each meal

- Transportation will be provided by your host

- Your host will be notified of any dietary restrictions

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Enjoy a Holiday Meal

It is important to remember that YOU have the privilege of experiencing Canadian traditions. While the hosts will have your dietary restrictions, they will be serving a traditional holiday meal. Canada is a large country and traditions vary from place to place, so each meal will be slightly different. Canadians also do some WEIRD things, different than what you may see in Hollywood as that is largely based in the USA. Click below for more cultural information.

Important Reminders

Key Dates to Remember:

  1. Canadian host will be opening their homes from the entire holiday season. Please select all the dates you are available to provide yourself with the best matching opportunities. Prepare to create cherished memories and forge friendships that span the globe.

  2. ​Please also note that you will be notified min. 1 week before of your host family and the date in which you shall gather for a holiday Meal!
     

Safety and Transportation Matters:

To ensure the safety and comfort of YOU (the students), we kindly request hosts to provide transportation. Your hosts will be in touch with you about transportation.

 

Capture the Moments:

We’d be thrilled to receive snapshots of your heartwarming Christmas meal shared with your hosts. Along with a brief overview, these photos become a powerful testament to the warmth of Canadian hospitality. Your stories inspire and welcome new families and friends to the HIS community.

 

Stay in Touch:

For any queries, changes, or updates after registering, please reach out to us at info@helpinginternationalstudents.com

Priyanka*

As an international student living away from family and cultural activities, it means a lot to share a table with local families and get a glimpse of the festivals/events in the host culture!

Jingjing*

I really enjoyed everything that was cooked by the host family. They are by far the most loving and caring people I have come across in Canada. Probably why I went back for Christmas after thanksgiving. I really like talking to them and learning about their culture and sharing about my culture or background in general.

*Names have been changed for student confidentiality 

Daniel*

It made me feel accepted in a foreign land. It was my first Christmas celebration outside my hometown and it was a great experience for me.

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